or those of you who’ve followed our reviews for a bit, you’ll know we sometimes do re-reviews of old favourites. Reason being, it’s been a while and we like to keep things updated, but mostly because we wanted to eat there again #selfishreasoning. The Bloc Collective at Normanby Road has always been our “happy place”, because you can get your dose of EightThirty Coffee as well as all the retail therapy that creatives need. The collective showcases the sexiness of Citta, FatherRabbit, the BoConcept and recently Alex & Corban Homes… if you’ve got a friend or spouse in the creative industry going through an existential crisis, bring them there. Feed them a Waitakere Panini. And let them wander around the marble tableware, neutral linens and flick through the Kinfolk books. Buy a gilded print. Smell the black-raspberry soy candles and oogled at the Ashley&Co packaging. Mmmm, see? All better.
Innie had the Waitakere sandwich (vegetarian). She said "Never disappointed coming here."
Katie had the Lake Tekapo sandwich with paprika chicken, silver beet, pumpkin seeds, coriander & celery and a stargazer salad with courgettes, potato, capsicum, olives & feta. She said "Half the intrigue has been the food, the other half is the shopping… can I just pretend this is my home?
Mel had the scrambled eggs with mixed grain toast, bacon and chiritzo sausage. She said "It's name is very accurate, cool little place! Perfect for a bite to eat or a coffee catch up, make sure you get a seat in the area hidden round the back, a sunny nook, so lovely and warm! Follow this up with a touch of shopping in The Bloc afterwards... good times! Also love the new fit out, very calming and sleek. The staff here are always very welcoming!
Joe had the salmon and hash and drank a gingeralla. He said "Flavours were a bit ‘minimalist’ and everything on the plate was over-salted."
Emilie had the mac & cheese with poached eggs. She said "Nice place to hang out with friends, food was good. I especially I liked where we sat - full of sunshine, quiet spot."